By Alexandra Malloy
After pleading guilty the day before, Jaquan Hill and Shakeem Johnson were sentenced on Feb. 18 for the 2012 murder of Roxbury resident Nicholas Martinez.
Martinez was killed on Oct. 17 while he was in his car on Southampton Street. Raymond Concepcion, who was 15 at the time, allegedly fired into Martinez’s car. The volley of shots killed Martinez.
Both Hill and Johnson admitted to knowing about the plan to kill Martinez, and helped Concepcion flee after the shooting. The 22 year-old was killed one day after he testified in a murder trial, incriminating an alleged Mission Hill gang member.
Hill and Johnson, 22 and 25 years old, respectively, were both sentenced 12 to 14 years in prison for manslaughter and up to five years for possession of a firearm without a license.
A member of the the Commonwealth’s prosecution read a victim impact statement aloud to the court after one of Martinez’s family members spoke on the stand.
“I feel like my life has been on pause since that night and my happiness has been robbed from me,” the letter read.
Before announcing the sentences, Judge Elizabeth Fahey made a statement of her own in regard to the case.
“This is the only way this sorrow, that is so real, is going to end,” she said, referring to the gang connection.